Mike G Posted August 27, 2009 Report Share Posted August 27, 2009 It is close to a month since any new patterns were posted here if we count Joe's Carp flies which are excellent for Smallmouth Bass also. We used to say,"If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." so I will be part of the solution. Here is a fly I named after the Norse god, Loki. He was a notorious shape shifter capable of assuming the form of any living being instantly. I hoped to capture some of that in the Loki fly. It floats; it sinks; it drags the bottom depending on how you set it up. First I give credit to Rich for introducing me to tying on 60 deg jig hooks some time back. Then I will give credit Craig Reindeau whose “ringers” got me started thinking about an adjustable weight fly. Then my thinking evolved. If you can adjust the weight, why not adjust the whole fly. Skeleton This is the basis of the Loki fly. I call it the skeleton. The black elastic band is the “ringer” that will hold most any size bead chain or dumbbell eye or can be left empty for a weightless fly. The thread bump is important for holding “dressings.” I used red thread in honor of the red hook fad. Turboskirt Here’s the first shape shift-using a skirt. Shown here are a 2.5 inch Turbofinesse and a 5 inch Turboflare. It is hard to imagine how many variations there might be. Hitchhiker Now there is a gadget called a Hitchhiker that has been around for a while. I got the idea of using it this way from Barlow’s website. Here it is as I prepare for another shift. 21st Century Plastics 35 years ago I tried fishing soft plastics on a fly rod with marginal results. Though my 9 wt Shakespeare was up to the task of tossing a 4” Crème Worm, every third or fourth cast something, my leader I assume, clipped the tail off the worm. I never figured out the stroke needed to avoid that, and plastisol worms were not holding up. It took over 30 years for a better material to come along. I was happy to find that worms made of Elaztech or Cyberflex held up to my punishing casting style. Here’s Loki with a split tail trailer that will float if it is not weighted. Imagine fishing this on the edge of a weed bed weighted and then snapping the dumbbell eyes out to fish it as a floater in the “slop.” The 4” salt impregnated worm sinks slowly. Grubs and Mini-pork-chunks are also available. Now there might be a question of whether this even is a fly. I will leave that to the experts while I go fishing. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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